China Under Mao: A Revolution Derailed

China Under Mao: A Revolution Derailed

by Andrew G. Walder


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China’s Communist Party seized power in 1949 after a long period of guerrilla insurgency followed by full-scale war, but the Chinese revolution was just beginning. China Under Mao narrates the rise and fall of the Maoist revolutionary state from 1949 to 1976—an epoch of startling accomplishments and disastrous failures, steered by many forces but dominated above all by Mao Zedong.

“Walder convincingly shows that the effect of Maoist inequalities still distorts China today…[It] will be a mind-opening book for many (and is a depressing reminder for others).”
—Jonathan Mirsky, The Spectator

“Andrew Walder’s account of Mao’s time in power is detailed, sophisticated and powerful…Walder takes on many pieces of conventional wisdom about Mao’s China and pulls them apart…What was it that led so much of China’s population to follow Mao’s orders, in effect to launch a civil war against his own party? There is still much more to understand about the bond between Mao and the wider population. As we try to understand that bond, there will be few better guides than Andrew Walder’s book. Sober, measured, meticulous in every deadly detail, it is an essential assessment of one of the world’s most important revolutions.”
—Rana Mitter, Times Literary Supplement

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674975491
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 03/20/2017
Pages: 440
Sales rank: 594,141
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Andrew G. Walder is Denise O’Leary and Kent Thiry Professor of Sociology at Stanford University. His previous books include Fractured Rebellion, which won the Barrington Moore Book Award, and China Under Mao (both from Harvard). A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Guggenheim fellow, Walder has received grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Academy of Science, and the Ford Foundation.

Table of Contents

Illustrations ix

Preface xi

1 Funeral 1

2 From Movement to Regime 15

3 Rural Revolution 40

4 Urban Revolution 61

5 The Socialist Economy 82

6 The Evolving Party System 100

7 Thaw and Backlash 123

8 Great Leap 152

9 Toward the Cultural Revolution 180

10 Fractured Rebellion 200

11 Collapse and Division 231

12 Military Rule 263

13 Discord and Dissent 287

14 The Mao Era in Retrospect 315

Notes 347

References 377

Index 399

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